Before you donate to Child of Hope, or commit to support us regularly, it’s right to want to know how much positive change your money will make to lives and communities. On this page we’ll try and answer the important question of social impact.
Everything we do is based around our slum-based school and its pupils, but the extended benefit reaches a much larger group of people in the slum. That’s because the family group (often up to a dozen or so people crammed into one small hut) is very close and they share everything. For instance, when children learn to read and write at our school, they take that skill home and often pass it on to their wider family.
The parents (usually the mums) benefit hugely. We offer them lots of family support, training and encouragement through our welfare team. And if they would like to start a business, we train them, give them a start-up grant, and support them long-term.
And because Child of Hope's is a holistic programme, everything we do is joined up and positively influences other aspects of our work. So, spiritual health affects mental health, which affects physical health. Physical health isn’t just down to our nurses, but the fact that a mum’s new business allows her to feed her children better, and that the welfare team visits her to make sure the children are being looked after at home. In the same way, when the children get good exam results, that’s helped by mum now being able to afford paraffin so the child has light to do their homework… and because the welfare team made sure there was a safe environment at home to study in.
Here is our brief summary of Child of Hope’s social impact in the various areas in which we work:
Virtually none of the children in our school would have previously had an education, as they come from the poorest families in the slum. But now they are achieving high grades, with hugely-increased literacy and numeracy skills, so their future job prospects are much higher. They are climbing much higher than their previously-expected future of crime, begging, prostitution and abject poverty. For more details, click here.
Mums: income generating activities
After helping to set them up with small businesses, mums become able to earn an income to pay their rent, buy food and educate their other children. The process also raises the status of women, who traditionally lack financial independence and therefore a voice in family decision-making. The success rate of these businesses is extremely high... for some statistics, please click here.
Our pupils are healthier than ever before. Our two healthcare workers work closely with the nearby Joy Hospice to combat everything that comes their way... including malaria. Every one of our kids have suffered malaria at some stage and its an ongoing battle. But we are equipped and figthing hard! Our 2012 tests showed clear benefits in our pupils from our healthcare support, especially in BMI and parasitic infection (inc malaria). For more details of the 2012 test results, click here.
We carry out regular home visits on all our children and offer their families free social care, numeracy/literacy training, family planning and health awareness that includes sanitation and hygiene, road safety and malaria control. As a result, mortality rates are being reduced, while sanitation and hygiene are dramatically improved. For specific social impacts, click here.
Our staff are themselves residents of the slum, and wherever possible so are the workmen doing our building work. Their lives have already been hugely impacted by a regular wage and ongoing training... and as we expand with more pupils, so the staff numbers increase too.
An independent researcher agreed in an early published report: “It’s been possible to establish that so far, CoH has attained commendable success in achieving the planned objectives for supporting pro-poor communities of Namatala slum area…. it’s evident that CoH’s support has, to some extent, caused a positive impact. These include the following (though at varying degrees and levels of growth and development):
• increased literacy levels
• improved standard of living
• reduced mortality & poverty rates
• improved sanitation and hygiene
• improvement to the image of Namatala
• reduced crime and immorality rates.”